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saemark30
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Are Nagler 3-6mm Zoom Eyepieces All Made in Japan? new
      #5552257 - 12/03/12 03:19 PM

Are all Nagler 3-6mm zoom eyepieces made in Japan? They are very sharp, high contrast and high throughput.
Hopefully will replace several orthos as the HD type seems to be in demise.


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DaveJ
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Re: Are Nagler 3-6mm Zoom Eyepieces All Made in Japan? new [Re: saemark30]
      #5552466 - 12/03/12 05:32 PM

Quote:

Are all Nagler 3-6mm zoom eyepieces made in Japan? They are very sharp, high contrast and high throughput.
Hopefully will replace several orthos as the HD type seems to be in demise.




I certainly think so but the only data point I have in support is that I have one I purchased new from Astronomics a little over a year ago and it's plainly engraved "JAPAN" on the rim directly above the chrome barrel. I would be lost without it with the refractors.


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Starman1
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Re: Are Nagler 3-6mm Zoom Eyepieces All Made in Japan? new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5552501 - 12/03/12 05:49 PM

They are, indeed, made in Japan.
As are the Type 6 Naglers, the Plossls. Basically, where TeleVue is concerned, Large = TeleVue's Taiwan factory, Small = TeleVue's Japan factory, with some exceptions.
Neither country has the edge on quality. TeleVue's top-of-the-line eyepieces, the Ethos and Delos, are from Taiwan.


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sniperpride
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Re: Are Nagler 3-6mm Zoom Eyepieces All Made in Japan? new [Re: Starman1]
      #5553206 - 12/04/12 12:55 AM

I dont mean to highjack this thread, but do these eyepieces have a slight rattle to them when shaken?

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DaveJ
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Re: Are Nagler 3-6mm Zoom Eyepieces All Made in Japan? [Re: sniperpride]
      #5553442 - 12/04/12 07:14 AM

Quote:

I dont mean to highjack this thread, but do these eyepieces have a slight rattle to them when shaken?




I'm not in the habit of shaking my eyepieces, but I've never noticed any such rattling when handing it normally.


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BillP
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Re: Are Nagler 3-6mm Zoom Eyepieces All Made in Japan? new [Re: saemark30]
      #5553849 - 12/04/12 12:04 PM

Quote:

Are all Nagler 3-6mm zoom eyepieces made in Japan? They are very sharp, high contrast and high throughput.
Hopefully will replace several orthos as the HD type seems to be in demise.




IMO I would not be concerned at all about the source countries for eyepieces. It's more a matter of the QC the brand name requires from their suppliers that matters. TV states that they do 100% QC on their products, so that really trumps any source country biases (regardless if real or just perceived).

Edited by BillP (12/04/12 12:04 PM)


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saemark30
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Re: Are Nagler 3-6mm Zoom Eyepieces All Made in Japan? new [Re: BillP]
      #5554076 - 12/04/12 02:17 PM

I would say the build quality is very high.
Where would you rank them optically?
Ahead of BGO and HD orthos?


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BillP
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Re: Are Nagler 3-6mm Zoom Eyepieces All Made in Japan? new [Re: saemark30]
      #5554083 - 12/04/12 02:23 PM

I did not do a direct compare that I recall of the 2-4 that I had with the BGO-class eyepieces. I did compare it to very top-tier planetaries (TMB SM, ZAO, AP-SPL) and it was not up to those. Why it eventually left my stall as I don't use the 80mm enough to justify that expensive eyepiece. Today for the 80 I just use barlowed Abbes.

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